All hale the kale

Kale Health benefits

Are you kaled out?  I know it has been touted as a superior green and took the spotlight from Popeye and his spinach, but for good reason.

  • Anti-inflammatory: naturally promotes balance between Omega 6 (pro-inflammatory) and Omega 3 (anti-inflammatory) fatty acids
  • Anti-oxident: rich in Vitamin C and beta carotene, the precursor to Vitamin A, two of the top antioxidants in the world, counter acting the damage caused by free radicals.
  • Detoxification: high in sulfur and glucosainolates help to remove and expel toxins in the body.
  • Heart Support: been shown to lower cholesterol and increase the ratio of healthy cholesterol.
  • Cancer prevention: the glucosainolates in kale are activated by the chewing and digesting process and prevent cancer cell growth.
  • Healthy vision: lutein and zeaxanthin give kale its dark green color and help prevent macular degeneration and cataracts.

If you struggle with the fibrous nature of this super green, here are some things you can try:

  1. Try juicing your kale to reap the benefits.  Combining it with pineapple adds some sweetness and the pineapple helps to break down the leaves.
  2. Try sautéing your kale in some avocado or coconut oil with some garlic and onions. Work the kale well in the pan, really pushing into it with the spatula to help break down the fibers.
  3. Massage your kale!  Yes, that is right, get your hands in there and massage those leafy greens.  Squeezing and pinching the leaves help to break down the fibers and reduce the bitterness.  I like to add a little avocado oil while massaging to speed up the process.  Check out the video below for a great tutorial.

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